Louise Dyble is an associate in the Real Estate, Energy, Land Use & Environmental Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.
Areas of Practice
Louise helps clients navigate all areas of environmental law. With an in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulations, she assists clients with regulatory compliance and defense.
Louise advises clients on matters involving CERCLA (Superfund), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, RCRA, and TSCA. She represents clients facing remediation and natural resource damages claims in state and federal court. Louise advises on liability and risk associated with real property transactions, including redevelopment and brownfields projects. She also helps prepare clients for regulatory change and its implications, including monitoring and reporting requirements related to hazardous substances and emerging contaminants such as 1,4-Dioxane and per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Louise is experienced with internal investigations, and defends companies facing regulatory enforcement, damages claims and/or criminal liability associated with hazardous substances and other environmental issues.
Louise advises clients on compliance with the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, California air quality regulations, and Proposition 65. She represents water and energy companies in ratemaking and adjudicatory proceedings before the California Public Utilities Commission. She also advises private companies and public agencies on compliance with water quality regulations, including waste water treatment and storm water permitting under the NPDES program.
Prior to law school, Louise earned a PhD in history from UC Berkeley (Cal). She has taught classes on urban politics and environmental policy at Cal, Caltech, USC, and Michigan Technological University. She has published academic articles and books on the history of infrastructure, land use and local food, and regional government. As an undergraduate, Louise played intercollegiate basketball at Cal, and she now competes as a masters athlete in weightlifting.
Louise’s pro bono practice includes legal and advocacy work in support of equitable access to education and career opportunities for all.
- The Future of SEPs in Citizen SuitsABA Natural Resources & Environment, Winter 2021
- Federal PFAS Regulation and the StatesWestlaw, 04.2020
- Aquifers and Democracy: Enforcing Voter Equal Protection to Save California’s Imperiled Groundwater and Redeem Local GovernmentCalifornia Law Review, 10.2017
- Infrastructure and Land Policies, Lincoln Institute, 2013
- Tolls and Control: The Chicago Skyway and the Pennsylvania TurnpikeJournal of Planning History, 02.2012
- Reconstructing Transportation: Linking Tolls and Transit for Place-Based MobilityThe Johns Hopkins University Press Technology and Culture, 2009
- The Defeat of the Golden Gate Authority: Regional Planning and Local PowerJournal of Urban History, 01.2008
- Revolt Against Sprawl: Transportation and the Origins of the Marin County Growth Control RegimeJournal of Urban History, 11.2007
Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Posts
- "PFAS As Hazardous Substances: Top 5 Implications For Businesses," September 14, 2022
- "PFAS Regulations Could Open Floodgates to Prop 65 Enforcement – Assess & Manage Your Exposure Now," June 27, 2022
- "Uncertainty Over ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Definition Continues, as Federal Court in Arizona Vacates 2020 Rule," September 7, 2021
- "Organics Advocates Dig In With Ninth Circuit Appeal Challenging Certification for Hydroponics," June 15, 2021
Cannabis Law Blog Posts
- "California Breaks New Ground With OCal: Answers to Key Questions About “Comparable-to-Organic” Cannabis," August 9, 2021
Energy Law Blog Posts
- Presented by Sheppard Mullin and SLR, Webinar, 06.09.2022
J.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2016, Environmental Law Certificate
PH.D., History, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1995, magna cum laude